FRAMES OF WAR – JUDITH BUTLER
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FRAMES OF WAR: WHEN IS LIFE GRIEVABLE?
By JUDITH BUTLER
“Judith Butler is the most creative and courageous social theorist writing today. FRAMES OF WAR is an intellectual masterpiece.” – Cornel West
Judith Butler will be giving a lecture entitled ‘The Right to Appear: Towards an Arendtian Politics of the Street’ at the University of Westminster on 4th February 2011.
For more information visit http://instituteformodern.co.uk/2011/4th-february-judith-butler-at-university-of-westminster-london
The most celebrated feminist in the world and founder of the Queer Theory movement returns with this powerful analysis of the role of the media in the ‘War on Terror’.
In this urgent response to violence, racism and increasingly aggressive methods of coercion, Judith Butler explores the media’s portrayal of armed conflicts, a process integral to how the West wages war. In doing so, she calls for a reconceptualization of the Left, one united in opposition and resistance to the illegitimate and arbitrary effects of interventionist military action.
Praise for JUDITH BUTLER:
“Judith Butler is quite simply one of the most probing, challenging, and influential thinkers of our time.” J.M. Bernstein
Praise for FRAMES OF WAR:
“To propose that Judith Butler is one of the world’s leading thinkers, a feminist philosopher whose writing has impacted on a wide domain of disciplinary fields inside the academy, as well as on political culture in the outside world, is hardly contentious. We are, many of us, deeply indebted to this body of work which has illuminated issues that are at the very core of life, death, sexuality and existence.” Angela McRobbie, Times Higher Education Book of the Week http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=407098
“An impressive and challenging book from one of the leading intellectuals of our time” – DIVA
“Frames of War [is] an important contribution to what will no doubt be an ongoing philosophical and political discussion about the rights and wrongs of war.” Nina Power, THE PHILOSOPHERS’ MAGAZINE
“Judith Butler’s focus in this collection of five essays written and revised between 2004 and 2008 is the USA under George W. Bush, with Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay looming in the background. The questions she addresses… have a clear bearing on the cultural politics of grief beyond the USA.” Mark Fisher, FRIEZE
“A trenchant and brilliant book.” – UTNE READER
Praise for PRECARIOUS LIFE:
“It’s clear that its author is still interested in stirring up trouble—academic, political and otherwise.” – BOOKFORUM
“Hers is a unique voice of courage and conceptual ambition that addresses public life from the perspective of psychic reality, encouraging us to acknowledge the solidarity and the suffering through which we emerge as subjects of freedom.” Homi K. Bhabha
JUDITH BUTLER is Maxine Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of many highly influential books, including GIVING AN ACCOUNT OF ONESELF, PRECARIOUS LIFE and GENDER TROUBLE.
ISBN 978-1-84467-626-2 / $16.95 / £9.99 / $21.00 / Paperback / 224 pages
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